Weekly Update: December 10, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO meet as a staff this week. Please join us in room 23 at 1:40.

My Big Takeaways from TC Visit this Week:

  1. Power of Tools
    1. It was powerful to see our students using the tools that we provided. Also, powerful for me to realize how helpful tools were to me as I supported students. On the whiteboard in room 23 is Elma’s Heinemann login. If you are working in a below grade unit, you may wish to login to Elma’s account to access the Heinemann resources. Elma has registered the kits from every grade level.
      1. ecanizalez@sbusd.org    password: workshop
  2. Usefulness of small groups in Writing Workshop 
    1. Especially strategy groups to support students, provide guided practice and to move students toward and above grade level standards
Fountas and Pinnell data entered Feb 1:
We are due to enter the second round of Fountas and Pinnell data on February 1st which is actually only 5 school weeks away. You may wish to start assessing students before we leave, schedule your sub release day or anything else that you need to do to get prepared to meet this deadline.
January ILT Dates:
Earlier this year, your team identified representatives for each of the ILT meetings. The dates should be on your outlook calendar. Just a heads up as the meetings are in January, shortly after we return from vacation.
Opportunity in Math Leadership:
From Cindy Wagner….
As a means of ensuring all students have access to a rigorous, standards aligned mathematics learning experience, it has become apparent it is time to revisit and revise the SBUSD Math Units of Study.  The Learning and Innovation Team is seeking teacher leaders to participate and assist in this process.
 
The purpose of this group is to review shared beliefs regarding the learning of mathematics, create a standards aligned scope and sequence for each grade level, and identify existing and supplemental resources best aligned to that scope and sequence.  Please complete the application to be considered for the MUOS Leadership Group. A competitive application process will be used to select between 15-20 participants from a range of grade levels and experiences. Consultation Committee members have created a set of qualities and experiences important for teachers serving on this team.  The application and review process is based on the work completed by Consultation.
 
The MUOS Leadership Team will meet on Monday and Tuesday, January 7th and 8th.  There will be a future date(s) to be determined once the group is formed.  Teachers who participate in this group will be compensated out-of-contract pay.
 
Please complete the application at this link https://goo.gl/forms/AoOgRGyzkcs9YaGf1https://goo.gl/forms/AoOgRGyzkcs9YaGf1
 
by Wednesday, December 12th.  Applications will be reviewed on December 13th and 14th.

PD for grades 3-6- supporting English Learners:

Join Coordinator Lisa Celaya and TOSAs for a professional development session addressing the needs of language learners.  We will focus on readers and writers workshop, taking teachers through the process of planning instruction that supports the needs of Emergent Bilingual students.  Both English language development and Spanish language development will be discussed.  The specific needs of upper grade students and long-term language learners will also be covered in the session.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 FROM 3:30-5:00pm

EDUCATION CENTER, CONFERENCE ROOMS 1-3

Out-Of-Contract Pay Provided

Click here to sign up

Chromebook Repair Information:

3rd- 6th grade teachers-
In order to best support you with timely Chromebook replacement and repair, you can help the District by:
1. Removing the Chromebook from the case. Store the case in your classroom until the repair is complete, or the device is replaced.
2. *Immediately* switching to using a ZDT/spare Chromebook. Make sure after you’ve placed the work order, the device does not leave with the student.

3. Printing the work order, removing the case from the device, taping the work order to the device, bringing the device to the Library, leaving with the IMRT and picking up the replacement. The IMRTs will have a box, or location, identified for you to drop off and the Tech Staff to pick up.
4. Including the family- If some mischief has happened to the device at home, please ask parents for a written account of what happened and include it in the incident report and/or work order.

Holiday Party Survey:

Please complete the attached survey regarding Emory’s Holiday Party by Monday, 12/10.  
Bill and Holli have agreed to host the party and are open to either date, and the majority wins. Specific details regarding the party will be sent once the date has been set. Note, there will be a minimal charge for attendees to cover the cost of the ham, plates/cups/utensils, beverages, etc. There are no social committee funds available to cover these costs this year as in years past.
Quote of the week:
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Weekly Update: December 3, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Plan to meet with your grade level team and/or your vertical partners. You may wish to co-plan for upcoming units, review ELD placements/supports for English Learners or anything else which feels important to your team.

Dr. McNamara Visit Schedule Tuesday, Dec 4th:

See the tentative visit schedule below.

10:15    14         Aranzazu Castellanos      ELD

10:17    13         Leslie Ochoa                     ELD

10:19    9           RoseAnn Hernandez        ELD-EO

10:21    6           Carrie Wahamaki             VAPA/STEM

10:24    K1         Karina Martinez               Writing Workshop          ?? Adjusted Schedule

10:26    K2         Connie Leon                     Writing Workshop

10:29    2           Dene Sanchez                   Math Workshop

10:31    3           Rebecca Carson               Math Workshop

10:34    7           Maria Hopkins                 Word Study

10:36    12         Jeanne Sherwood            ST Math Lab

10:39    15         Don Brizendine                ELD-EO

10:42    17         Shelly Molina                   ELD-EO

10:44    18         Erin Major                        ELD-EO

10:46    19         Dave Benson                    ELD-EO

10:48    20         Erika Pehrson                   ELD-EO

10:50    21         Patty Valdivia                  ELD

10:53    22         K.C. Kinnamon                 Math Workshop

10:55    25         Angelica Goulding           ELD

10:57    26         Holli Perkins                    Reading Workshop

Teachers College Schedule Dec 5-7:

Please see the schedule for our Teachers College visit next Wed, Thursday and Friday (December 5th, 6th and 7th). We will be focused on supports for Writing Workshop.
 
Thank to Karina, Maria and Rebecca for hosting!!
 
 
Grade
Schedule
Kindergarten/TK
      Karina Martinez (labsite)
      Connie Leon
      Christy Shultz
      8:00-9:45
8:00-8:40 Labsite
8:40-9:25
9:25-9:45
2nd
      Maria Hopkins (labsite)
      Jeanne Sherwood
      Melinda Seubert       
      10:00-11:40
10:00-10:35
10:35-11:15 Labsite
11:15-11:40
1st
      Rebecca Carson (labsite)
      Dene Sanchez/Laura Acosta
      Georgina Lobato
      Monica Hueso (Friday only)
 
**Wednesday
       12:15-1:40
12:15-12:45
12:45-1:20 Labsite
1:20-1:40
 
**Thursday
      12:15-2:25
12:15-1:05
1:05-1:45 Labsite
1:45-2:25
 

PD for grades 3-6- supporting English Learners:

Join Coordinator Lisa Celaya and TOSAs for a professional development session addressing the needs of language learners.  We will focus on readers and writers workshop, taking teachers through the process of planning instruction that supports the needs of Emergent Bilingual students.  Both English language development and Spanish language development will be discussed.  The specific needs of upper grade students and long-term language learners will also be covered in the session.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 FROM 3:30-5:00pm

EDUCATION CENTER, CONFERENCE ROOMS 1-3

Out-Of-Contract Pay Provided

Click here to sign up

Hour of Code Dec 3-9:

Please plan for your class to participate in the Hour of Code. During the week of Dec 3-9, identify an hour period for your students to try out coding. If you have already incorporated this into your regular schedule, please use the resources currently in place. If you are not currently teaching your students to code, you may wish to check out this website.

Furniture Samples in Room 23:

There is a new set of furniture on display in room 23. Please check it out when you have time.

Upcoming Dates:

Dec 9 Certificated and Classified Staff Members of the Year Celebration Breakfast

Dec 12 Staff PD

Dec 12 PTA Family Movie

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: November 26, 2018

I hope that you enjoyed time off with your friends and family.

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Plan to meet with your grade level team and/or your vertical partners. You may wish to co-plan for upcoming units, review ELD placements/supports for English Learners or anything else which feels important to your team.

Hour of Code Dec 3-9:

Please plan for your class to participate in the Hour of Code. During the week of Dec 3-9, identify an hour period for your students to try out coding. If you have already incorporated this into your regular schedule, please use the resources currently in place. If you are not currently teaching your students to code, you may wish to check out this website.

Furniture Samples in Room 23:

There is a new set of furniture on display in room 23. Please check it out when you have time.

LanSchool Issues:

Big picture-if you are having issues with LanSchool-enter a work order with very specific details.

Troubleshooting

**If the Chromebooks show in the class list but do not display their screens (in the thumbnail view) this is because kids are choosing the option to “deny access” and should be told to restart their Chromebooks and choose correctly (this is a classroom management issue for the teacher to handle).

**If the Chromebooks do not show up in the class list teachers may need help with finding/adding students to their class list. Or perhaps the Chromebooks need to be reset and re-enrolled to fix issues with their student client (techs can help with either of these issues).

**If the complaint has to do with the “All Your Brand” messages appearing where the student name should be, we know about this and there’s nothing we can do at the moment. This is an issue between Stoneware (makers of LanSchool) and Google.

Grant Writer:

The District is working with a grant writer. They are focused on applying for funding to supplement instruction, not for things that are considered basic services. Let me know if you have any questions. If you are considering applying for a grant, let me know and I will reach out to the District on your behalf.

Upcoming Dates:

Nov 15 8:20 EAGLE kick off

Dec 4 Dr. Mc visits Emory

Dec 5,6,7 Teach College grade K-2

Dec 12 Staff PD

Dec 12 PTA Family Movie

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: November 12, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Plan to meet with your grade level team.

Emory Unity Stomp Dress Rehearsal:

We will hold a Unity Stomp Dress Rehearsal for all students on Tuesday, Nov 13th at 1:05 p.m. on the blacktop. My hope is that this takes approximately 15 minutes. DO NOT BRING YOUR CHAIRS.

E.A.G.L.E. Kick Off Assembly:

-Thursday, November 15th @ 8:30 a.m.

-Wear new Emory Shirt (students/staff)

-Students may use “spirit sticks”

-Bring Chairs to Blacktop

-Bring wish for the world to Blacktop

Agenda

Flag Salute

Opening Remarks

              Principal

              Student Council President

Emory Unity Stomp

                  Call Stomp Leaders

                  Classes line-up on class row

                   Return to seats

Merengue Seubert/Goulding

Procession

             Staff Pass through first

              Students Pass through the arch-6,5,4,3,2,1,K

               Drop “Wish for the World” into vessel

               Return to chair

Closing Remarks

Emory School Clean-up:

Friday, November 16th @1:05 pm

Each class will be provided with a plastic glove for each student and a bag for every two students.  These supplies should be in your mailboxes by Thursday.

We will also be making a map with your designated area for clean up.

If you are unable to participate in this Emory cleanup please let the second grade team know by Wednesday, November 14th.

LanSchool Issues:

Big picture-if you are having issues with LanSchool-enter a work order with very specific details.

Troubleshooting

**If the Chromebooks show in the class list but do not display their screens (in the thumbnail view) this is because kids are choosing the option to “deny access” and should be told to restart their Chromebooks and choose correctly (this is a classroom management issue for the teacher to handle).

**If the Chromebooks do not show up in the class list teachers may need help with finding/adding students to their class list. Or perhaps the Chromebooks need to be reset and re-enrolled to fix issues with their student client (techs can help with either of these issues).

**If the complaint has to do with the “All Your Brand” messages appearing where the student name should be, we know about this and there’s nothing we can do at the moment. This is an issue between Stoneware (makers of LanSchool) and Google.

Grant Writer:

The District is working with a grant writer. They are focused on applying for funding to supplement instruction, not for things that are considered basic services. Let me know if you have any questions. If you are considering applying for a grant, let me know and I will reach out to the District on your behalf. 

Report Cards in Cum Files:

Thank you for your hard work completing your report cards. Please remember to file a copy in each child’s cum folder. Thank you to those of you who have already completed this.

Upcoming Dates:

Nov 15 8:20 EAGLE kick off

Dec 4 Dr. Mc visits Emory

Dec 5,6,7 Teach Coll grade K-2

Dec 12 Staff PD

Dec 12 PTA Family Movie

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: November 5, 2018

Thank you so much for your efforts to host a Fall Carnival for our school community. It has been a very busy few weeks. I hope that you enjoy a relaxing weekend!!

Staff Meeting:

We DO meet as a staff. We will spend time looking preparing for our Emory Academy of Global Leadership and Empowerment Kickoff Assembly and planning school transition activities. The meeting will begin at 1:40 and end at 3:10. Unless you have duty, please plan to be in room 23 at 1:40.

School Mission:

We have a school mission statement! See below.

Our mission is to empower students to be civic and service-minded individuals by developing their leadership skills and inspiring them to serve others. Our students make the world a better place.
At Emory, we grow great leaders who dream more, learn more, achieve more,
BECOME MORE!
Emory Academy of Global Leadership and Empowerment
Emory School Board Presentation:
Thank you for showing the Superintendent and Trustees how amazing Emory is! I hope you will be able to join me Thursday, November 8th at 6:00 (Burress Auditorium) when I present to the Board about our school.
Imagine Learning:
Before and after school Imagine Learning will begin Nov 5th. Thanks to Laura for coordinating our efforts. I also wish to thank Leslie, Laura and Dene who will be facilitating the sessions in their classrooms. You should continue to use Imagine Learning in your classrooms during the school day.
New Impact Teacher:
Please be sure to welcome our new Impact Teacher, Michael Martinez. He will be supporting ELD time with the hope of minimizing the size of the English only groups.

Teachers College Visit Nov 7-9 (Grades 3-6):

Please see the schedule for our visit from Christine Ikin, our TC staff developer. Below the table, please note that many of you have changes to your planning time that week. The times listed below will be in room 6 and in place of your regularly scheduled planning timeAlso, you will need to do self-contained ELD on Thursday and Friday.
Teachers College Visit November 7, 8, 9
5th/6th
Angelica, Don, Erin, Dave, Patty, Shelly
8:00-9:50
Labsite-Erin/Dave
Meet in Room 23
4th
Erika, Tracy, Holli, K.C.
10:10-12:00
Labsite-Holli
Meet in Room 23
3rd
RoseAnn, Aranzazu, Leslie
Wednesday**
12:35-1:40
Thursday/Friday**
12:35-2:25
Labsite-RoseAnn
Meet in Room 23
Planning Time Changes (new time)
Patty                   Monday (11/5)               9:10-10:10
              Erin/Dave           Monday  (11/5)              1:25-2:25
              Aranzazu            Wednesday (11/7)          8:10-9:10
              Holli                    Friday (11/9)                   12:45-1:45
              Angelica             Thursday (11/8)              11:00-12:00
              Don                     Thursday (11/8)              1:25-2:25
              K.C.                     Wednesday (11/8)          8:10-9:10

Report Cards in Cum Files:

Thank you for your hard work completing your report cards. Please remember to file a copy in each child’s cum folder. Thank you to those of you who have already completed this.

Number Talks Resources:

The Math TOSAs created a website with resources for Number Talks. It has power point slides created for the various number talks for each grade level span and includes the title of the strategies for each of the mathematical topics that are in the actual book.
Make sure you click on your grade level, which is found at the top of the page in a light gray color.

District Champions:

There are many amazing students, families and staff who support us each and every day. Use this link to submit nominations for your colleagues, staff, students, parents, volunteers, and community partners.

Teachers College Wisdom:

Cindy Wagner attended the Teachers College Leadership Conference. She shared a few notes from Lucy Caulkins which I have listed below.

Test Prep Findings From TCRWP
·        SBAC to Reading Level Correlation is 85%
·        Number one way to increase test scores is to have students reading at grade level!
·        Test PREP is very different that test PRACTICE
·        Focus on maximizing the volume of reading and writing for students all year long
·        The curriculum and having kids spend lots of time reading and writing and getting to grade level.
·        Find ways to make test prep fun and joyful.  This will add confidence on the day of the test. When we think about test prep from a stressful vantage point, we pass that along on testing day.
·        Test prep unit starts four to five weeks before test.  No sooner!
·        The skills and strategies needed on the test ARE taught in the UOS.  

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Christine Ikin TC gr 3-6-Nov 7,8,9
  • Emory Presentation at SBUSD Board Mtg-Nov 8
  • Soaring to Success-Respect-Nov 13 (Tuesday)
  • Emory E.A.G.L.E Kick Off Assembly Nov 15

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: October 29, 2018

Thank you for your hard work preparing for and sharing with our families during conferences. Thanks to all of you who have volunteered for our Fall Carnival!

Staff Meeting:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this Wednesday. You should meet with your grade level team. You may request TOSA support during your collaboration time.

Flag Salute- Eagle Stomp Leaders:

Everyone should have received a yellow eagle pin with your class number on it. Your stomp leader should wear this at Monday’s Flag Salute. All stomp leaders will be called to lead the stomp at this time. Stomp leaders should keep their pins on so students who may need extra support learning the stomp may go to them at recess, both morning and lunch. If you didn’t receive your pin, it’s in your mailbox.
 
Thank you everyone for taking time out of your busy, shortened days to teach the stomp to your class!!! If you haven’t yet provided the name of your stomp leader, the list is in the lounge.
 

Costume Parade- October 31:

Please be back on the black top at 8:15 with your students and their chairs. Also, please bring your Change for Change Box and identify a student to place it on the emcee table. 

Mission Statement:
Please see the latest Mission Statement revision (below). By 4:00 on Tuesday, October 30th, please email me to let me know if you like the revised Mission Statement.
 
If I do not hear from you, I will assume that you are supportive of the statement as representative of the work we do here at Emory.
 
Thanks in advance for your feedback.
 
Jenn
 
Our mission is to empower students to be civic and service-minded individuals by developing their leadership skills and inspiring them to serve others. Our studentsmake the world a better place.
At Emory, we grow great leaders who dream more, learn more, achieve more,
BECOME MORE!
Emory Academy of Global Leadership and Empowerment
Board Visit Schedule Nov 1:
Below you will find the tentative schedule. We may visit your classroom a bit earlier or later.Please review the schedule and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks in advance for showing the trustees how awesome we are at Emory!!!
Board Visit Schedule- November 1, 2018
9:00-9:30           Office
 
9:30                    15 Brizendine                                26 Perkins
9:35                    17 Molina                                      25 Goulding
9:40                    20 Pehrson/Rolfe                          19 Major/Benson
 
9:45/9:50           Student Council Welcome/Stomp Dancers
10:00                  Library
10:10                  Volunteer Center
             
10:15                  K1 Martinez                                   5 Shultz
10:20                  2 Acosta                                         3 Carson
10:25                  7 Hopkins                                       12 Sherwood
10:30                  9 Hernandez                                  14 Castellanos
10:35                  8 Hueso                                           6 Wahamaki
 
10:40-11:00       Office
Imagine Learning:
 Before and after school Imagine Learning will begin Nov 5th. Thanks to Laura for coordinating our efforts. I also wish to thank Leslie, Laura and Dene who will be facilitating the sessions. You should continue to use Imagine Learning in your classrooms during the school day.
New Impact Teacher:
Please be sure to welcome our new Impact Teacher, Michael Martinez. He will be supporting ELD time with the hope of minimizing the size of the English only groups.
            

Teachers College Visit Nov 7-9 (Grades 3-6):

Please see the schedule for our visit from Christine Ikin, our TC staff developer. Below the table, please note that many of you have changes to your planning time that week. The times listed below will be in room 6 and in place of your regularly scheduled planning timeAlso, you will need to do self-contained ELD on Thursday and Friday.
 
 
Teachers College Visit November 7, 8, 9
5th/6th
Angelica, Don, Erin, Dave, Patty, Shelly
8:00-9:50
Labsite-Erin/Dave
Meet in Room 23
4th
Erika, Tracy, Holli, K.C.
10:10-12:00
Labsite-Holli
Meet in Room 23
3rd
RoseAnn, Aranzazu, Leslie
Wednesday**
12:35-1:40
Thursday/Friday**
12:35-2:25
Labsite-Aranzazu
Meet in Room 23
 
Planning Time Changes (new time)
              Patty                   Monday (11/5)               9:10-10:10
              Erin/Dave           Monday  (11/5)              1:25-2:25
              Aranzazu            Wednesday (11/7)          8:10-9:10
              Holli                    Friday (11/9)                   12:45-1:45
              Angelica             Thursday (11/8)              11:00-12:00
              Don                     Thursday (11/8)              1:25-2:25
              K.C.                     Wednesday (11/8)          8:10-9:10             

Report Cards in Cum Files:

Thank you for your hard work completing your report cards. Please remember to file a copy in each child’s cum folder. Thank you to those of you who have already completed this.

Number Talks Resources:

The Math TOSAs created a website with resources for Number Talks. It has power point slides created for the various number talks for each grade level span and includes the title of the strategies for each of the mathematical topics that are in the actual book.
Make sure you click on your grade level, which is found at the top of the page in a light gray color.

District Champions:

There are many amazing students, families and staff who support us each and every day. Use this link to submit nominations for your colleagues, staff, students, parents, volunteers, and community partners.

Staff Meeting time Survey:

Thank you for completing the staff meeting start/end time survey. The majority voted to begin at 1:40. Unless you have duty, I will expect you to be in room 23 at 1:40 (at our upcoming staff meetings).

Teachers College Wisdom:

Cindy Wagner attended the Teachers College Leadership Conference. She shared a few notes from Lucy Caulkins which I have listed below.

Test Prep Findings From TCRWP
·        SBAC to Reading Level Correlation is 85%
·        Number one way to increase test scores is to have students reading at grade level!
·        Test PREP is very different that test PRACTICE
·        Focus on maximizing the volume of reading and writing for students all year long
·        The curriculum and having kids spend lots of time reading and writing and getting to grade level.
·        Find ways to make test prep fun and joyful.  This will add confidence on the day of the test. When we think about test prep from a stressful vantage point, we pass that along on testing day.
·        Test prep unit starts four to five weeks before test.  No sooner!
·        The skills and strategies needed on the test ARE taught in the UOS.  

 

Upcoming Dates:

  • Art Box Art Due Oct 30
  • Costume Parade Oct 31
  • Red Ribbon Week Oct 29-Nov 2
  • SBUSD Trustees Visit Emory classrooms- Nov 1
  • Fall Carnival- Nov 2
  • Field Trip Calendar Updated by Nov 2
  • Christine Ikin TC gr 3-6-Nov 7,8,9
  • Emory Presentation at SBUSD Board Mtg-Nov 8
  • Soaring to Success-Respect-Nov 13 (Tuesday)
  • Emory E.A.G.L.E Kick Off Assembly Nov 15

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: October 21, 2018

Staff Meeting:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Our next Staff PD is November 7th.

Number Talks Resources:

The Math TOSAs created a website with resources for Number Talks. It has power point slides created for the various number talks for each grade level span and includes the title of the strategies for each of the mathematical topics that are in the actual book.
Make sure you click on your grade level, which is found at the top of the page in a light gray color.
Word Study Pilot:
K-2 Teachers Only
 
The Learning and Innovation Team is seeking participants to study phonics instruction and choose materials most aligned to our beliefs and knowledge about building strong foundational skills in K-2.  If you are interested in joining this group, please complete the following interest form.  The group will be limited in size in order to ensure thoughtful participation and collaboration among all members.
 
We will meet after school on three (and possibly four, if needed) afternoons to accomplish the following:
  1. Study what makes strong phonics instruction
  2. Learn more about instructional practices that support learning and transfer of skills into reading and writing
  3. Analyze two possible resources for alignment to our beliefs/knowledge
  4. Test out sample lessons in our classrooms
  5. Offer insight, feedback and recommendations to the Learning and Innovation Team  
 
Teachers will be compensated with out of contract pay for attendance at meetings.  If you are interested in participating in this group, please complete the interest form HERE no later than Monday, October 22ndTENTATIVE dates of meetings will be November 6th, November 13th, and December 6th from 3:30-5:00.  If selected, you will be contacted by Learning and Innovation.  Please understand the need to keep this group a manageable size.  We will do our best to ensure most sites are represented and there is equal participation among grades K-2.

District Champions:

There are many amazing students, families and staff who support us each and every day. Use this link to submit nominations for your colleagues, staff, students, parents, volunteers, and community partners.

Staff Meeting time Survey:

Thank you for completing the staff meeting start/end time survey. The majority voted to begin at 1:40. Unless you have duty, I will expect you to be in room 23 at 1:40 (at our upcoming staff meetings).

E.A.G.L.E. Stomp:

  1. We will be performing a school-wide stomp on Monday, Nov. 5th to practice for our E.A.G.L.E Academy kickoff.
  2. To ensure your class is prepared, see the link below for the tutorial. Feel free to use this as your PE minutes.
  3. When watching the video, stop watching at minute 2:04.

Stomp Tutorial

TC Test Prep Unit/Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments Grades 3-6:

I feel like we always get to March and think, I wish I began using the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments (or this past year) the TC Test Prep Unit much earlier in the year. Here is your reminder to think about how you might use these resources/ provide access to our students more strategically earlier this school year. Let me know if you have any questions/need support accessing these tools.

  • INTERIM ASSESSMENT ROSTERS– Rosters have been updated for the current year. Here is the link to the Interim Assessment User Guide.
    • PLEASE complete all Interim Assessments by Spring Break. Do not use Interim Assessments after Spring Break as test prep. Use the practice and training test for test prep. 
    • PLEASE submit a work order for ANY technical issues you experience at all, and please try to include as much information as possible.
  • WAYS TO BUILD IN TEST PREP THROUGHOUT THE YEAR-
    • Reading marathons in between units- 60-70 minutes of online reading
    • Maintain workshop structures every day, even during test prep
    • Volume of texts at just-right level
    • Model and foster rereading
    • Practice getting “the gist” all the time
    • Genre matters, approach each one differently and teach the strategies
    • Reflect- During read aloud, are the questions I am asking reflective of test-like questions using academic vocabulary?

Upcoming Dates:

  • RFEP Forms Due Oct 25
  • Report Cards Home Oct 26
  • Costume Parade Oct 31
  • Red Ribbon Week Oct 29-Nov 2
  • SBUSD Trustees Visit Emory classrooms- Nov 1
  • Fall Carnival- Nov 2
  • Field Trip Calendar Updated by Nov 2
  • Christine Ikin TC gr 3-6-Nov 7,8,9
  • Emory Presentation at SBUSD Board Mtg-Nov 8
  • Soaring to Success-Respect-Nov 13 (Tuesday)
  • Emory E.A.G.L.E Kick Off Assembly Nov 15

Quote of the Week:

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